Australia wins Sydney SailGP

The first leg of the SailGP series was witnessed by more than 20,000 people who took to the water on our spectacular harbour, providing the perfect amphitheatre for the season kick off. Tom Slingsby led the Australian team to victory, heading the leaderboard as the fleet moves to San Francisco for the second leg. 
Two intense days of racing saw six national teams do battle in the world’s most technologically advanced catamarans, competing to get the first points on the leaderboard and closer to the $1 million Season 1 prize.

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The Committee wishes to thank Squadron Members for supporting our Club's initiative to hold this event. They appreciate that holding events such as these can be very disruptive to your use of Club facilities and therefore thank you for your forbearance, leading up to and during the event. They hope you enjoyed the racing. 


SailGP set for take off


RSYS is excited to be hosting the first leg of the international SailGP tour starting this week. Six national teams (including an Australian team) will be racing identical supercharged 50 foot catamarans engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds in excess of 50 knots.

Racing & Broadcast
Friday, February 15, 4-6 p.m. 
Saturday, February 16, 3-5 p.m. 

Fox Sports: Live host broadcast; full race replays (check local listings)
Kayo Sports: Live multi-view video
SailGP APP: Supplementary video and data; full race replay (24 hours post-race)
Facebook: Full race replay (24 hours post-race)

VHF channel 20

A message to our Members
The event organisers will occupy the main floor of the clubhouse from 11 - 19 Feb. We ask for your forbearance with any inconvenience this causes but hope that you appreciate this is a prestigious event our Club is hosting and that you have the time to enjoy the spectacle either from the CCA or out in the Harbour..

Watch the action from your own boat
Please note there will be established public viewing areas and exclusion zones. If you registered for the SailGP Boater program, they will email you course information. Last minute flags may be collected from Woolahra sailing Club. You can listen to live commentary on VHF channel 20.

RSYS Careening Cove
Book a table for lunch (call Reception) and enjoy the action from large TV screens showing the live stream broadcast and expert commentary. Please enter the CCA via 'Under the Sail', not through the clubhouse. NB the race track will not be visible from the terrace. The boats will dock briefly at RSYS before and after racing to collect and deliver the crews. 

RSYS Youth Sailing lawn
We will set up tables, chairs and a refreshment stall serving beer, wine and soft drinks. Members and their guests can enjoy the action from large TV screens showing the live stream broadcast and expert commentary.

RSYS Rooftop Bar
Friday 15 Feb from 4pm. Please do not enter via the Shell Cove Room but via the side door adjacent to the Club rooms. 

RSYS Sailing Office has an attractive range of commemorative T-shirts, polos, caps and jackets on sale until Saturday. 
view SailGP merchandise list here


Note to Members

Next week will be very busy at our Club. Please note:
•    This is a high profile event and there will be security guards at all entrances
•    Carry your Member card to expedite access
•    Car park is reserved for Members only
•    You must sign in your guests prior to their arrival or they will not be granted access
•    The CCA will be open for breakfast & lunch on Friday 15 Feb to Sunday 17 Feb and for dinner on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 Feb
•    The Dining Room will not be open Monday 11 Feb - Tuesday 19 Feb, re-opening 20 Feb.

For Sailing Members 

If you wish to watch the action from your boat, please register with the SailGP Boater program. Then collect a SailGP flag from RSYS on Saturday 9 or Sunday 10 Feb, 10am-2pm. You may also collect your flag on race days from Woollahra Sailing Club. 

RSYS Sailing schedule

Boat owners and sailors, please note that from Monday 11 - Tuesday 19 Feb the RSYS sailing program will be as follows:
12 Feb Tuesday Twilights 
13 Feb RPEYC Wednesday Series
15 Feb Friday Twilights CANCELLED
16 Feb Saturday all racing CANCELLED
17 Feb NO Youth training.
19 Feb Tuesday Twilights 
Please advise your crew.

RSYS Waterfront

From Monday 11 – Tuesday 19 Feb, access will be affected by SailGP activities as follows:
•    Fuel available as normal
•    Tender service available as normal
•    The Hardstand and outer pontoon are closed
•    The inner pontoon is to be used for pick ups, drop offs and tender service
•    Access to inner pontoon is via CCA or the ‘goat track’
•    No berthing anywhere - short or long term
•    No access to the Members shed
•    Boatshed closed 
•    Skippers must sign in their crew on arrival otherwise they will not be granted entry to the Clubhouse.
•    Non-member crew should identify themselves at entry points and provide the name of the vessel/skipper they are sailing with. 


Stepping Stone House Fundraiser

Spend a day with us sailing on beautiful Sydney Harbour in the company of like minded people. Give your company some exposure. Enjoy post-race drinks and a carvery. Or spend a few hours playing Bridge in the Club's beautiful Carabella Room.

At the same time, you'll be helping Stepping Stone House give young Australians a new start in life. SSH has been helping young people to rebuild their lives for more than 29 years and RSYS has been a proud supporter since 2000, hosting these popular annual Regattas and Bridge days.

We invite you to join us on Tuesday 5 March for some rounds of Bridge and/or Thursday 7 March for the Regatta.

Just a few hours of your time can make a lifetime's difference to disadvantaged young Australians. 

Bridge day information here

Regatta information here


RNZYS wins the Hardy Cup 2019

For the fifth time since the inaugural Hardy Cup Sydney International Match Racing Regatta in 2001, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s match racing prowess proved unrivalled on Sydney Harbour.

In a classic Sydney summer sea breeze gusting to 20 knots - two Black Hawk choppers cruising the skies and SailGP’s F50s passing impressively by the race track returning to base - the all-international final went to the Kiwis 3 – 0 over the Chris Weis-skippered Del Rey Yacht Club team from California.   

Final results   Day 4 final highlight video thanks to Tilly Lock Media & Darcie C Photography.

“It feels great; the boys sailed really fast today,” Egnot-Johnson said on Thursday February 7 after the traditional celebratory team swim. “It’s one of the top youth match racing regattas, and this was great training in the asymmetric Elliotts before the next two regattas in New Zealand. We found the conditions really shifty - you could have a big lead but Del Rey was always right in it. It’s never over until it’s over. Big thanks to Reuben (Corbett) our coach, our family and friends, and thanks Jacinda (the NZ Prime Minister) for the shout-out at the Warren Jones Regatta in Perth last week!”

In the longer term the grinning skipper admitted “We would like to make the America’s Cup, that’s a big goal for all the boys.”

Event Patron Sir James Hardy and RSYS Captain Karyn Gojnich flank the winners.

Speaking from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, runner-up Weis said “I thought it was great competition all-round. I really enjoyed the weather in Sydney and the sailing – we just came up a bit short at the end. I think we did 34 races over four days and the last two days have certainly been long, but it’s easy to dig a little deeper when the standard is so high.”

Egnot-Johnson and his Knots Racing crew came to the annual regatta as favourites and led at the end of the double round robin. The New Zealanders bravely chose James Hodgson from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the next skipper in line on world rankings and the current Australian Open match racing champion, to face-off in semi-final one. 

“We regretted picking James for 99% of that last race,” Egnot-Johnson laughed afterwards. “I think I sailed the final downwind with my eyes closed saying Hail Marys and hoping for a puff to get around them.”

That semi went to a sudden death fifth and final flight and Hodgson had the break until the Kiwis hooked into a gust and screamed to the finish. In the closing seconds the two teams engaged in a masterful match racing display which had spectators holding their collective breath and the umpires scrambling, flags at the ready. In the end the CYCA team was left reeling from the late steal.

Hodgson won an aggressive third and final flight in the petite-final against CYCA clubmate Finn Tapper, who lost to Del Rey Yacht Club in their semi-final, to finish third overall from 11 teams, four international and the rest from Sydney and interstate including Darwin Sailing Club and the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart.

Namesake and Patron Sir James Hardy spent the final day of the series with friends watching the thrilling action from his striking 1933-launched classic yacht Nerida.

Past New Zealand Hardy Cup winners include Will Tiller (2001), Adrian Short (2009), Adam Minoprio (2007) and Laurie Durie (2004).

Next for those teams continuing across the Tasman are the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s CentrePort  Youth Match Racing Championship, February 13 – 17, followed by the RNZYS’s Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 21 – 24.

Meanwhile the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is gearing up to host the much-anticipated launch of SailGP, when six foiling F50s take to the harbour February 15 and 16.

Hardy Cup highlights day 2

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NZ lead Hardy Cup at mid-way point

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At the mid-way point in the Hardy Cup match racing regatta, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s team skippered by Nick Egnot-Johnson lead the international field of 11 teams. 

The last time a New Zealand team left Aussie shores with the prestigious under 25 title was when Will Tiller’s crew prevailed at the 2011 Hardy Cup.

Against the usual Sydney Harbour backdrop with its distracting tourist hot-spots like the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, crews had to focus extra hard as the China SailGP F50 foiling catamaran practiced for next week’s much-anticipated SailGP launch. 

Charlie Welsh, the New York Yacht Club’s skipper, said, “It was kinda hard to sail with the SailGP boat dialing up in the background. You can hear the winches whistling, but I know if I turn around I’m going to lose this race.”

Back at the host club Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron after racing in 6-8 knot easterlies on Tuesday February 5, Egnot-Johnson (pictured above) said: “We finished round robin one tied on points with James Hodgson and Chris Weis’ teams then went into the second robin and chalked up a couple of wins. We were happy not to throw away any races in the light and shift easterlies. It was very tricky out there. The China GP team buzzed us which was pretty cool!”

View live results here

Hodgson, sailing for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, agreed it was a demanding second day on the water and is well-aware more light winds “spinning every direction” will see out the regatta. “The good thing with short course racing is you only need a local breeze. Hopefully we can complete the schedule; we’ll keep it simple and try not to lose our heads over the shifty conditions,” Hodgson added. 

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley has the option to complete round robin two on Wednesday or go straight to quarter finals. “How the remainder of the four-day Hardy Cup plays out is totally wind dependent,” Ridley said.

The Elliott 7 is a new class of boat for the NYYC team and last year’s winning skipper, Clare Costanzo, is working the mainsheet for the USA team, and bringing her Elliott expertise and knowledge of the harbour to the first-time Hardy Cup crew. 

“It’s our team’s first time in Sydney and it’s an incredible place to sail, though we could do with a bit more wind,” Welsh commented. 

Conditions for day one were ideal, a 10-12 knot sou’easter and sunny skies launching the series.

Hardy Cup day one highlights

The Hardy Cup week would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our Club's 'Red Shirt' volunteers.

RSYS is also the headquarters for stage one of the inaugural SailGP championship

After the Hardy Cup the next stop is New Zealand and the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club’s CentrePort Youth Match Racing Championship February 13 – 17 followed by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s Nespresso Youth International Match Racing Cup, February 21 – 24.

For information on the Hardy Cup including all regatta documents, list of competing teams and live results once the regatta begins go to and Facebook


Article by Lisa Ratcliff 
Photos by Darcie C photography